Michael Jordan: Ballplayer

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On Feb. 7 1994, four months after shocking the sports world by retiring from basketball on the heels of three consecutive NBA Championships, Michael Jordan took it even further by signing a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox. Jordan had last played baseball as a high school senior in 1981. His father, James, who was murdered the previous summer, had always wanted Jordan to be a baseball player. "You tell me I can't do something," Jordan said, "and I'm going to do it." After 18 months and a .202 career batting average, Jordan retired from baseball and returned to the Chicago Bulls, where he won three more championships.

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